Colorful Image of Historic Buildings in Miami
An unexpected, yet unforgettable sight in metropolitan Miami, these intriguing buildings along Ocean Drive create a memorable photo as seen here on this Worldwide Gifts fridge magnet. This collectible picture is a great souvenir from Florida and a pleasant reminder of a tour of the Miami Beach Art Deco District.
Most of these fanciful buildings were constructed in the twenty years between 1923 and 1943, and the district was the first neighborhood from the 20th century that was included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Art Deco style features pastel colors on buildings shaped like wedding cakes and towers, with ship railings and porthole windows, with curves, chrome and glass block highlighting the unique architectural style.
Special Art Deco Buildings Not-to-Miss when Exploring Miami
There are many intriguing structures in the Miami Art Deco District, but certain buildings hold more historic and architectural significance than others. One of the places you'll want to see during a walking tour along Ocean Drive is Park Central, which was the first hotel to be restored to its original 1920s splendor during the Miami Design Preservation Leagues huge renovation project in the 1970s. The Waldorf Towers features a round glass tower similar to a lighthouse, and the Beacon Hotel which resembles a wedding cake.
The Casa Casaurina is a massive white Spanish-style mansion that was home to the famous Italian designer, Gianni Versace. The Casa has a notably violent history, as its owner was shot to death on the front steps in 1997. Today it is a private party mansion. The Tides Hotel features a 12-story tower and porthole windows, and the lemon-yellow Leslie Hotel has wrap-around "eyebrows". The turquoise colored Raleigh Hotel features a famous sculpted Oceanside swimming pool with a Deco waterfall.